FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 2017
welcome to the lumpy companion
These pages contain companion material to the lumpy darkness blog (generously hosted at blogger.com). The evergreen pages are stored on my corporate server (for a variety of reasons).
Within, you'll find links to presentations I have delivered and the handouts provided.
The telescope links on the right access separate 'scope pages for my Mom and me. We keep detailed information and photographs here of equipment and accessories.
In the tradition of naturalists, birders, and astronomers, I keep "life lists" of astronomical sightings and accomplishments.
You'll find reference materials in the "other" area. For example, if you need to include Greek characters in your web pages, see my notes.
Finally, I've included a variety of links to web sites: magazines, retail stores in Ontario, clubs, weather and sky condition sites, space telescopes, and so on. Not an all-encompassing list by any stretch, just ones I regularly use...
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2016
added N11 QRC
A couple of years ago I made a quick reference guide for the Celestron NexStar 11 GPS telescope and mount, for RASC members interested in flying the 'scope at the Carr Astronomical Observatory. I put this N11 guide online, for a couple of reasons.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 2016
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2014
updated capture plan
Added the capture plan steps for an ISS flyover. I will consult this checklist in the future to rapidly prepare for a satellite pass.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2014
Added a dark frames page to this site. To keep track of darks captured with the Canon 40D DSLR camera at various durations, ISO settings, and dates.
SATURDAY, MAY 3, 2014
A year ago, I was observing at the Carr Astronomical Observatory. The peepers were very loud... Listen to the short MP3.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 9, 2014
focusing masks presentation
Delivered a talk on focus masks for telescopes or camera lenses. This was provided to the RASC Toronto Centre in December 2013 at the Ontario Science Centre.
The presentation file notes pages, with the slide images, were converted to a PDF file (3.1 MB). [Updated!]
The handout provided is also available for download (32 KB).
Also, for the viewer's convenience, the links in the bibliography have been noted here, and they are hyper.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2012
I made a new checklist. It is for when I record double star drifts. It will hopefully remind me of all the things I need to do and gather for a successful recording (so to enable a successful reduction).
MONDAY, AUGUST 16, 2010
meteor watching sounds
With a Sony linear PCM recorder, I briefly captured the experience of watching for Perseid meteors at the RASC Toronto Centre CAO observatory on the Blue Mountains. It's just over 3 minutes long.
stereo sound byte (4.4 MB, MP3 format, 44.1kHz, 192kbps)
TUESDAY, JANUARY 2, 2007
Slight change to the menus in this site: created a "pointer" to emphasise which page you are presently viewing. Hope you like it!